Thursday, November 30, 2006

The toughest job?

Just seen this over on Spiked:

Parents are continually told how difficult parenting is – ‘the toughest thing anyone faces in their personal life’, says Blair – and how likely they are to mess up if they [don't?] seek expert advice. It makes you wonder how parents have managed through the ages before New Labour and its supernannies came into existence.

The fact is, as well as throwing up all kinds of new challenges, parenting can be immensely enjoyable and fulfilling.

Quite. As for parenthood being 'the toughest thing etc', well, staying with the same partner for decades is pretty tough at times, too. So is maintaining a close friendship through thick and thin. The truth is that worthwhile relationships also involve hard work, and it would be nice to get away from the idea that bringing up children requires some level of arcane, expert knowledge rather than love, respect and conversation.

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